I’m writing this on May 1st, even though Mother’s Day isn’t until the 13th. However, I won’t post it until Mother’s Day. I wanted to write this today to better capture the way I feel inside at this particular moment in my life.
This will be the first Mother’s Day of my life when I don’t have a mother sharing planet earth with me. My mother passed on February 8th, a few months ago. She had been living with my wife and I for the previous five and a half years. Her death was not entirely unexpected – she had health issues – but there’s just never a good time to say goodbye to your only parent.
The Grocery Bag
I knew my mother kept a grocery bag in her room filled with greeting cards that she either forgot to send or just bought ahead of time. Until today, I had completely forgotten about that.
A short time ago, I was sitting at my desk and my wife came in carrying a worn grocery bag. She started telling me it came from mom’s room. I thought she was going to ask me if I wanted to keep any of it, so I started telling her she (my wife) could use them if she needed them. But then my wife said something utterly unexpected.
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